Public Notice



The Oklahoma Department of Transportation (ODOT) in coordination with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) is proposing to reconstruct a portion of highway and replace a bridge over Duck Creek on State Highway 85 (SH-85), a portion of which traverses the Ketchum Public Fishing Area (KPFA). The SH-85 road and bridge project begins 3.2 miles north and east of the Craig County line, in Delaware County, Oklahoma. A small portion of right-of-way within the KPFA will be required in order to reconstruct this highway and bridge. Due to the proposed transportation use of property located with the KPFA, Section 4(f) regulations of the U.S. Department of Transportation Act of 1966 apply to the project. Section 4(f) affords protection to publicly-owned recreation areas (resources) including city, state, and national parks, wildlife refuges or management areas, and historic sites.

ODOT has coordinated with the Grand River Dam Authority (GRDA) with regard to avoidance and minimization of impacts of this project to the KPFA, and the GRDA is supportive of these measures. This will be accomplished in part by closing the existing bridge, and constructing the new highway and bridge on a slightly offset alignment to the west. Although through traffic access will be closed, the project will be constructed in phases in order to allow uninterrupted access to the fishing area during construction activities. ODOT is proposing to obtain approximately 0.47 acres of the 8.0 acre public fishing area, which constitutes less than 5.9 percent of the site. The use of appropriate best management practices (including storm water, erosion and dust control, and chemical/fuel handling) will be conscientiously implemented.

Based on the avoidance and minimization of impacts to the KPFA as described above, ODOT, in coordination with FHWA, are proposing a de minimis impact finding with regard to Section 4(f) of the U.S. Department of Transportation Act (1966). ODOT welcomes your comments on the effects of this project on the projected activities, features, and attributes of the KPFA (the Section 4(f) resource). Please mail or e-mail any comments you have by March 24, 2014 to:

Mr. Joe Brutsché
Environmental Project Manager
Oklahoma Department of Transportation
200 NE 21st Street, Room 3D2A
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73105